English language Paper 1 non-fiction Revision notes

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Top tips for the Language Reading and Writing exam
MAIN PIECE OF ADVICE: BEFORE YOU START DO A PLAN, EVEN IF IT'S JUST 4 POINTS YOU
ARE GOING TO MAKE
Reading
Question one
Put the overall implication of the text at the end (KEEP IT CLEAR AND CONCISE) what
the writer is trying to say, look at the text as a whole and what is the biggest possible meaning?
without being too ambiguous.
Retrieve the information
Read between the lines, but use quotes to support what you are trying to say.
Read the text carefully (Remember you have time to read it ­ about 3 minutes)
Range around the text a lot.
Question two
State at the beginning what the overall effect is from the headline, text and image.
Link the headline, text and image together.
Anchor the image to the text.
Appropriate quotations
CONNOTATIONS ­ interpret what you see and read
Read the text carefully (Remember you have time to read it ­ about 3 minutes)
Question three
Discuss the tone of the piece ­ whether it's exaggeration, surprise, fear, anger etc.
Focus in on what the writer has done to create either effects, or the feelings
expressed in the question.
Use connotations to interpret the text and areas that create a certain feeling or
effect.
WRITER ­ IMPLIES
READER ­ INFERS
Question four
Start by looking (and writing down) 4 points which you will talk about, these need to
look at the different things the writer does to create effect.
First Paragraph: Open your answer with a short paragraph explaining what the
PURPOSE of each text is ­ keep sophisticated.
Second, Third, fourth and fifth Paragraph: Compare the four effects and things
the writer does.
Both similarities and differences between the two texts.
Connotations and the effect they create.
State the devices that they use.
Occasionally evaluate them (putting in words like: subtly, effectively etc.).
Use embedded quotations.
Look at juxtaposition, phonology, connotations, puns etc.

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QUESTIONS: 1, 2, 3 = 8 MARKS, 4 = 16 MARKS) 1.5 MINUTES PER MARK
Writing
Question five
For question five you will be given a question that asks you to DESCRIBE, EXPLAIN, or
INFORM.
Inform Explain Describe
Commands Facts Vivid verbs
Simple Expanded points Sensory imagery
sentences
No explanation Inform your audience, but add Similes,
­ keep it brief extra information like why? metaphors
Etc.…read more

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